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Teen SRC 2020 – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Off the Shelf

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is about a young girl known as Liesel Meminger who grows up in Germany amidst World War II who lives with her new foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann. Throughout the story, Liesel steals various pieces of literature, even though she is oblivious to what the words and paragraphs within them mean and how to read them. At first, she doesn’t even know how to comprehend the words and letters within the books, but she knows that the books themselves hold significant values and ideas. Hans notices and teaches her how to make sense of the letters, in which Liesel slowly progresses in her journey to become a more literate person. Eventually, Liesel realizes that Hans and Rosa are secretly in defiance with the Nazi regime by hiding a Jewish boy known as Max in their basement. 

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Teen Book Review – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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I have returned from the dead to bring forth a review of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. This book was recommended to me by a friend in passing conversation. I came upon it by chance at my school library, and decided to check it out. I devoured the book in a day, and do not regret the sleep I missed because of it. But, that’s enough about me. Let’s talk about one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

Amir is the son of a wealthy merchant in Kabul, Afghanistan. His mother died giving birth to him, and he has continued to disappoint his father after the fact. His father wants a son that is into sports and one that can stand up for himself. Amir loves literature and is a self-proclaimed coward. Other than his unsteady father-son relationship, and his dead mother, Amir has everything going for him. Him and Hassan ( servant, best friend, and from the ethnic minority in Afghanistan) spend their days kite fighting.

Everything is perfect. Until the day it isn’t.

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TeenTober 2019- Overturned by L.R. Giles

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Riveting, suspenseful, brilliant. From the moment I opened Overturned by L.R. Giles, I could tell this story wasn’t one I would be forgetting soon. Strong, beautiful writing combined with a captivating plot makes Overturned the gem that it is.

It isn’t easy being the daughter of a convicted killer, but Nikki Tate’s poker face never cracks. By operating illegal poker games in the basement of her family’s casino, Nikki knows she’ll be able to save enough money to get herself out of Vegas and into a good college with her friends. After all, what more could life possibly throw at her?

But then her father (who’s always claimed to be innocent) gets released from jail just before his death sentence. He comes back into the family and Nikki’s world flips upside down once again. With her father’s sudden overturned conviction and the cute new boy at school, is Nikki’s life on the turn for the better? Or will the secrets that almost cost her father his life end up taking hers instead?

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Teen SRC 2019 – How To Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

How To Keep Rolling After a Fall is about a teenager with a really, REALLY, bad past. (Nikki) From the start, you’d think that she was a normal teenager…except for the fact that she was framed for a cyberbullying incident. Normally it wouldn’t have been so bad, but the victim attempted to commit suicide. People hate her, her reputation is tarnished, and she has to hide her identity in fear of being called out and recognized.

However, after a brutal breakup, Nikki’s luck turns around. She meets a guy named Pax, whose dreams of being a water polo player are ruined when a car accident cripples both his legs. Stuck in a wheelchair, Pax has to give up on scholarships that were available before everything happened. Miraculously, these two people meet and are involved in one another’s lives.

Can both Nikki and Pax have a second chance at life, or let the past get to them until their whole future is gone?

Out of a scale of 1-10, I’d rate this book 8.5. (Lost points for taking too long to get together)

Teen SRC 2018- Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

So, this book is kind of hard to explain without making it sound like a boring book without Waiting for Youany excitement, so, I’ll try my best to not make you fall asleep. This book is about a girl named Marisa who is ready to turn herself into a new girl. She’s planning on a boyfriend, a great year, and, well, I guess that’s really all. So, when her longtime crush, Derek, asks her out, she feels like a prince has just come to rescue her. But unfortunately, the relationship doesn’t go as great as expected, with so many other problems that rise up along the road, like her parent’s divorce, and a fight with a friend. She isn’t so sure about her dreams of a ‘happily ever after’ now.

I loved this book because it showed Marisa’s perspective so well that I could imagine almost exactly how Marisa was feeling!~ I definitely recommend this book! 💖

Teen SRC 2018 – If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

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If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko

The book is about racism, but it is expressed in a more kid friendly way.  Kristen’s world is crumbling because he parents are constantly arguing.  At school, a new child Walker Jones who is African American arrives and helps becomes her friend.  Kristen eventually finds something shocking about Walker that surprises them both.

The book is short, but is very interesting.  As I read through the book, I could understand how the characters felt and could imagine being in their world.  The book shows the day to day problems in the world that we always overlook.

Teen SRC 2017 – We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Stewart and his Dad moves into Ashley and her moms house, causing quite a bit of dilemma. When Stewart announces that he will attending Ashley’s school, Ashley goes crazy. With her social ladder to be taken care of, Ashley is worried that Stewart will take Ashley’s top rung of the Social Ladder. Ashley learns that there are more important things in life and finally gets along with Stewart and his Dad.

 

Teen SRC 2017 – I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

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I’ll Give You The Sun is one the most interesting books I have ever read in my life. I wanted to read it over and over again just in case I missed anything. Long story short, I got extremely obsessed with this book after awhile.

‘At first Noah and her twin brother are NoahandJude: inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways… but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious mentor.

The early years were Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only have half the story, and if they can find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.’

I cherish this book so much. So many deep and complex characters are involved. It almost seems like they were real. If you are interested in teen angst books and/or just a good novel, this is the one for you. I rate this book 9/10.